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Welcome to the Glass House Dance podcast. Glass House Dance was created by Sarah Lewis and Laura McGill to take contemporary dance into the heart of the community. We create essentially human, touching dance pieces with wide appeal for performance in public spaces. This is a podcast exploring the artistic process, both our own and that of other artists. Find out more: glasshousedance.co.uk

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Welcome to the Glass House Dance podcast. Glass House Dance was created by Sarah Lewis and Laura McGill to take contemporary dance into the heart of the community. We create essentially human, touching dance pieces with wide appeal for performance in public spaces. This is a podcast exploring the artistic process, both our own and that of other artists. Find out more: glasshousedance.co.uk

    Wild Wander with Rosemary Lee

    Wild Wander with Rosemary Lee

    Please note this episode was recorded over Zoom in April 2021

    In this final episode I chat to Rosemary Lee. Rosemary is a choreographer, director and performer. Over the past thirty years, she has created works ranging from live performances, that are often site-specific and involve a cross-section of the community, to dance films and installations.

    Her work is characterised by an interest in creating a moving portraiture of both individuals and of the close performing communities she brings together.

    I am lucky to have known Rosemary for quite a few years. She was instrumental in the development of my own interest between dance and working outdoors and for introducing a love of nature writing.

    Both Sarah and I performed in Circadian in 2019, a piece created by Rosemary for First Light Festival which involved a cross-generational cast of 24 professional and non-professional dancers, performing on the hour every hour during the summer solstice.

    Somehow Rosemary’s work manages to be both intimate and expansive about people and place. Her work is deeply touching without being overly sentimental.

    She was an obvious choice to lead a walk for Wild Wander, both because of the way she works but also how she nurtures artists, always offering much food for thought. She led our final walk in the beautiful Suffolk countryside in the location of Staverton Thicks, an incredible site of ancient oaks and holly trees.It was one of those wonderful winter days when the skies are blue, the air is crisp and the low sun creates beautiful shadows across the landscape. It was a very special end to the project.

    www.artsadmin.co.uk/profiles/rosemary-lee

    • 46 min
    Wild Wander with Mark Cocker

    Wild Wander with Mark Cocker

    If you need to take a pause, then this weeks podcast might just help you to take a moment and see the bigger picture.

    In this episode I talk to author and naturalist Mark Cocker. 

    Mark is passionate about the environment and the significance of nature. He writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. In 2018 he completed 30 years as a country diarist for The Guardian and Guardian Weekly and has written over 1,000 articles for both papers. His 12 books include works of biography, history, literary criticism and memoir.

    In this conversation we chat about the environmental crisis and how it underpins his work but also how he celebrates and finds joy in nature - despite the startling facts and figures.

    We talk about the landscape of Norfolk, and in particular Buckenham Marshes and the walk we took there to witness the incredible display of 30-40,000 Rooks and Jackdaws coming in to roost.

    Mark has just made the move from Norfolk back to his childhood home of Derbyshire, and there is some reflection on this in our conversation. 

    markcocker.com

    Twitter: @MarkCocker2

    Instagram: @markcocker_author

    • 43 min
    Wild Wander with Mike Challis

    Wild Wander with Mike Challis

    Please note this episode was recorded over Zoom in April 2021

    In this episode I talk to Mike Challis. Mike led one of the walks on our Wild Wander programme. He is a freelance sound artist, maker and educator whose work engages with the sounds of nature.

    Mike is known for his creation of SoundHides, straw hut dens in which audiences can listen to recordings which encapsulate the sounds of nature recorded in the respective local habitats.

    Mike enjoys making work by walking, creating pieces from the resulting sound material he collects on his journeys. For Wild Wander we wanted him to find ways for artists to connect to the natural landscape and draw focus to their listening sense. 

    In this conversation we talk about how we have been exploring our local neighbourhoods during lockdown and how that idea inspired the walk for Wild Wander. We have an interesting chat about what we listen to, how we filter sound and what we give out attention to. We talk about the power of a shared experience and it is worth saying that we touch on the vulnerability of walking alone, as this conversation happened not long after the death of Sarah Everard. 

    At the end of this episode you can hear a recoding of Mike’s taken at Mickfield Meadow in Suffolk which is full of the joys and noises of spring. So take a moment at the end to soak it in. 

    Thanks again for listening. 

    www.mikechallis.com

    twitter.com/mikechallis

    instagram.com/mickchallis

    • 47 min
    Wild Wander with Polly Wright

    Wild Wander with Polly Wright

    Please note this episode was recorded over Zoom in January 2021

    In this episode I talk to musician Polly Wright. Polly’s work encompasses performance, film, text and installation. She explores nostalgia, memory and stories against a backdrop of the rural landscapes of Norfolk and Suffolk.

    She often works collaboratively and has created music for theatre, installation, poetry, fashion and dance and performed headline sold out shows at The National Portrait Gallery and Hoxton Music Hall. Her album ‘Sing as the Crow Flies’, a collaboration with fellow composer Laura Cannell was Folk album of the month in The Guardian.

    She has also written two full length poetry collections and is one of Norwich Arts Centre’s supported artists.

    In this episode we talk about the development and evolving nature of a creative practice and the conditions needed to help our creativity to thrive.

    Please listen to the end to hear some of Polly's beautiful music. Enjoy!

    www.ghostofsongs.com

    • 39 min
    Wild Wander with Mandy Rogers

    Wild Wander with Mandy Rogers

    Please note this episode was recorded over Zoom in January 2021

    In this episode I talk to visual artist Mandy Rogers. Mandy initially trained as a painter before going on to train in art therapy and art education.

    For over thirty years she has worked as an art psychotherapist, and as a community artist. Her own art work always continued to run parallel to these other practices, and sits somewhere between drawing and installation.She sees art psychotherapy as a collaborative creative process, exploring the unsayable and allowing new insights and meanings to unfold.

    Having developed long COVID after a severe onset she says she has become acutely aware of the calming and restorative power of being in the natural world. Mandy is a deep and sensitive person and I loved hearing about her experiences of Wild Wander and learning more about her work.

    https://mandyrogers.blog
    https://www.instagram.com/mandyrogersartist

    • 34 min
    Wild Wander with Sorrel Muggridge

    Wild Wander with Sorrel Muggridge

    Please note this episode was recorded in January 2021

    In this episode I talk to artist Sorrel Muggridge. Sorrel trained in Nottingham in performance and visual arts, and has been living and working in Norwich as an artist for 10 years. She makes site-specific live art which endeavours to connect the audience with the landscape they are in and experience it in a new way. Her work can be found in a wide variety of spaces, from shopping centres to seashores, rivers to forests, from theatres to galleries.

    We talk about where her interest in the natural world began, the power of walking, what Wild Wander offered her at this time and her hopes for future work.

    sorrelmuggridge.wordpress.com

    for her work with Laura Nanni:

    instagram.com/sorrelandlaura

    • 37 min

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